dailyphoto090709Chrisette Michele Joins Maxwell on Tour
Chrisette Michele has been chosen as the opening act for Maxwell during his sold-out 14-city U.S. tour in support of BLACKsummers’night, his comeback album that was released on July 7. The trek opens July 12 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and concludes at Miami’s Waterfront Theater on July 31. The tour immediately follows Michele’s most recent 17-city May-June itinerary with fellow Grammy winner Anthony Hamilton and neo-soulman Musiq Soulchild. The soulful, jazz-influenced vocalist is promoting her brand new second album “Epiphany,” which debuted at No. 1 following its arrival in the physical and digital marketplace on May 5th. (Continue Reading…)

Police Call McNair Killing a Murder-Suicide
The girlfriend of former NFL star Steve McNair first shot him in his right temple, then fired three more shots at close range, most likely as he slept, police said Wednesday. She then sat on the couch next to his body, and killed herself so that she would fall into his lap, they said. “The totality of the evidence clearly points to a murder-suicide,” Nashville, Tennessee, Police Chief Ronal Serpas told reporters at an afternoon news conference. McNair, 36, and Sahel Kazemi, 20, were found fatally shot in a condominium in downtown Nashville on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. (Continue Reading…)

Obama Tells Africa to Stop Blaming Colonialism for Problems
Ahead of a visit to Ghana at the weekend, he said: “Ultimately, I’m a big believer that Africans are responsible for Africa. “I think part of what’s hampered advancement in Africa is that for many years we’ve made excuses about corruption or poor governance, that this was somehow the consequence of neo-colonialism, or the West has been oppressive, or racism – I’m not a big – I’m not a believer in excuses. Mr Obama, the son of a Kenyan, added: “I’d say I’m probably as knowledgeable about African history as anybody who’s occupied my office. And I can give you chapter and verse on why the colonial maps that were drawn helped to spur on conflict, and the terms of trade that were uneven emerging out of colonialism. (Continue Reading…)

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